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Three Facts About Eastern White Pine.

1.  The tallest tree in New York is a white pine, standing at 174′ tall.   In 2021, the white pine known as Tree 103, which stood in a grove and was last measured at 160 ft., fell down. However, in June 2022, a new giant tree was discovered near Bolton, believed to be New York’s tallest measured tree at 174 feet, a white pine rising above hundreds of giants.

2. The white pine tree is culturally significant to many Native American tribes. The Haudenosaunee and Mohawk regard it as the “Tree of Peace.” The white pine is significant in Native American mythology and holds ceremonial and medicinal importance. For example, the inner bark of the white pine was eaten by Native Americans during times of famine since it was rich in nutrients.

3.  The Tree that started a riot.  The Pine Tree Riot of 1772 in New Hampshire, where colonists forcibly prevented a British agent from marking white pine trees for British use, was one of the most significant events that led to the Revolutionary War. Additionally, the story of the white pine and its ownership was compared to the Stamp Act and the Tea Act, further highlighting its historical significance in the events leading up to the Revolutionary War.


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